Oats, rice krispies, and chopped almonds are held together by a decadent fudgy dark chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut oil mixture. These bars are healthy, easy, and no-bake.
It’s been my experience that most people either love or hate dark chocolate. The husband-he hates it. Me? I looooove it.
One of my all-time favorite treats is to stick a spoon in peanut butter and then put dark chocolate chips on top of it. Just a simple and quick snack, but it is so good. I have that snack way too much. As in, a couple times a day. And by a couple, I mean probably like ten times. A day.
Instead of attempting to learn portion control of my pb + dark chocolate snack obsession, I came up with an idea of how I can have my snack on-the-go. Because, let’s be honest, portion controlling that spoonful of deliciousness would never happen anyways.
So my obsession has gone to a new level. The peanut butter and dark chocolate combo has now been created in a granola bar form. A fudgy, melty, nutty granola bar. And now I’m sharing it with you. So maybe we can be obsessed with this combo together. (???) Since, you know, my husband isn’t too on-board due to the whole smothered-in-dark-chocolate feature. Boo.
Since I’m a fan of quick and easy recipes, this one is no exception. Plus there aren’t a whole bunch of weird-o random ingredients you don’t have. You may even have these ingredients in your pantry right now. You should check. And then quickly make these bars and then we can be obsessed with the wonderful combo of dark chocolate and pb.
That would be fun. Don’tcha think?
Plus they don’t take too long to make. Just one bowl, a couple of measurements, a few stirs, some patting them in a pan, and then some chilling. Which the chilling is the hardest part. But it’s worth it.
So real quick – before we bond over these granola bars, one last note. Since there is coconut oil (healthy good-for-you fats!) mixed with the dark chocolate (more healthy good fats !!!), it makes these bars super melty. In a delicious, lick-it-off-your-finger kind of way. But if you don’t want chocolate getting everywhere, you might want to store these in the fridge.
If you don’t eat them all first, that is…
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup rice krispie cereal
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup oat flour regular oats blended to a flour consistency
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds or sub another "add-in" such as raisins, peanuts, cranberries, etc.
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/8 teaspoon salt
In a small bowl, combine the dark chocolate chips, coconut oil, peanut butter, (and if desired: salt, and vanilla). Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir for 30 seconds. Return to microwave for 15 more seconds. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
In another small bowl, combine the rice krispie cereal, oats, oat flour, and almonds.
Pour the chocolate peanut butter mixture over the cereal and oat mixture.
Stir and then put in an 8 x 8 cooking pan.
Press down firmly and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the chocolate and coconut oil to harden.
These bars are very melty! I store them in the fridge and think they taste even better when they are cold!